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Master's Programme in Child and Youth Sciences

N.B: The instruction language of this programme is Swedish, and the programme is not available for international applicants.

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The programme provides knowledge about children’s and young people’s conditions in society and culture. You study their rights and opportunities for influence in questions that concern their own lives, future, and society at large.

The programme is transdisciplinary. Children’s and young people’s identities and relations in families, leisure time, schools, and in other institutions are studied based on theories in societal and cultural studies. The education also touches on how the view of childhood changes across space and time.

You have the opportunity to create your own specialisation by elective courses of 30 credits (ECTS) and choice of essay topic for the degree project of 30 credits.

You can, for example, choose to immerse yourself in topics about children and young people in relation to migration, in relation to culture, or children and young people in vulnerable life situations. You can also choose to study parts of the education abroad through internship or the degree project.

Programme Overview

The programme is a two-year long full-time programme of 120 credits. During the first semester, you get an introduction to child and youth studies as well as current research in the field. During the second and third semesters, the focus is on different methodologies that are used in child and youth studies, such as ethnography, narrative analysis, and interviews with children and young people.

You also read elective courses of 30 credits that give you an opportunity to profile yourself and immerse yourself in topics within the child and youth studies field. Examples of such topics are migration, youth culture, violence, and children’s leisure time. You can also choose to do field work or internship during the course of the education. During the final semester, you write a degree project of 30 credits. You can choose to do both field work and degree project abroad.

In the program, there are obligatory courses of 90 credits (including a degree project of 30 credits) and elective courses of 30 credits in total.


The programme leads to a master’s degree in child and youth studies.

  • Programme overview

    Year 1

    First Term

    Introduction to Child and Youth Studies, 7,5 credits

    The Rights of the Child as an Interdisciplinary Field of Research, 7,5 credits

    Research in Child and Youth Studies, 7,5 credits

    Philosophy of Science and Methodology in Child and Youth Studies, 7,5 credits

    Second Term

    Ethnographic Method and Analysis, 7,5 hp

    Narrative Analysis: narratives from and about children and youth, 7,5 credits

    Elective Courses, 15 credits


    Year 2

    Third Term

    Elective Courses, 15 credits

    Interviewing Children and Young People, 7,5 credits

    Research and Analysis in Child and Youth Studies, 7,5 credits

    Fourth Term

    Master's Degree Work in Child and Youth Studies, 30 credits

  • Contact

    For more information about the program contact the program manager:
    Danielle Ekman Ladru